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dc.contributor.authorSmith, M
dc.contributor.authorLindackers, C
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, K
dc.contributor.authorKar-Narayan, S
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-22T00:31:12Z
dc.date.available2018-12-22T00:31:12Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn1438-7492
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/287394
dc.description.abstractMolecular ordering in polymers can have a drastic effect on their properties, and can be used to induce or enhance functionality. In the case of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is a widely used polymer in biomedicine, sensors and actuators, preferential orientation of chains can lead to significantly enhanced electromechanical properties. In this context, template-wetting is a straightforward method of producing polymer nanostructures, which can lead to some degree of molecular order in the polymer. Template-wetting of PLLA has not been fully explored, especially in terms of morphological and/or structural characterisation. In this work, PLLA nanotubes are grown via a modification of the template-wetting process, referred to here as melt-press template-wetting. The nanotubes are thoroughly characterised with wide-angle X-ray diffraction, isothermal differential scanning calorimetry and polarised light optical microscopy. This characterisation indicates that the polymer chains in these PLLA nanotubes are aligned parallel to the cylindrical axis of the nanotube, which may be beneficial in certain applications.
dc.publisherWiley
dc.titleEnhanced Molecular Alignment in Poly-l-Lactic Acid Nanotubes Induced via Melt-Press Template-Wetting
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier3
prism.publicationDate2019
prism.publicationNameMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
prism.volume304
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.34698
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-11-13
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1002/mame.201800607
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-03-01
dc.contributor.orcidSmith, M [0000-0003-0270-9438]
dc.contributor.orcidKar-Narayan, S [0000-0002-8151-1616]
dc.identifier.eissn1439-2054
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
pubs.funder-project-idEuropean Research Council (639526)
pubs.funder-project-idBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/R022283/1)
cam.issuedOnline2018-12-11
datacite.isderivedfrom.doi10.17863/CAM.33242
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-01-01


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